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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Sullivan

LauraSullivan@uscsa.com

BEND, Oregon. – MARCH 9th, 2017.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) continued its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with the men’s Snowboard and Skier Crosses as well as the women’s Snowboard and Freeski rail jam. Mt Bachelor is serving as host for all events over the five days of exciting competition. The weather unfortunately deteriorated on Thursday causing soft snow at the mountain, leading to the postponement of Women’s Giant Slalom and Slopestyle.

In the women’s Rail Jam, Westminster College won Snowboard National Championships in the women’s Rail Jam and men’s Snowboard Cross. Rocky Mountain College continued their dominance of the men’s Skier Cross, winning yet another National Championship in the event, and Sierra Nevada took home a National Championship in women’s Freeski Rail Jam. “Watching a record number of Snowbaord and Freeski athletes battle each other and the elements on the Cross course and Rail Jam shows the character of the USCSA, with athletes standing in the rain to cheer each other on,” added Patrick Wilcox, USCSA Vice President for Snowboard and Freeski.

USCSA is the only ski and snowboard league where colleges and universities compete and qualify for post-season competition as a team. This emphasis on team performance is a departure from the typical individual or world cup scoring format often found in skiing. Allowing entire teams to qualify for the USCSA Collegiate National ChampionshipTM also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 230 alpine athletes, 210 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week at Mt Bachelor. Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National ChampionshipTM in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation, this January. Top teams from each conference attend one of 6 regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in events at the Collegiate National Championship. Results from all events can be found at www.uscsa.com.

The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. USCSA athletes agree that our team orientation fosters a collaborative approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often this mentality proves indispensable in their adult lives and careers. The organization includes 138 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 4,400 male and female Alpine, Freestyle, Nordic, Snowboarding and Nordic Ski Jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Sullivan at laurasullivan@uscsa.com